This may be common knowledge to some, for others, the use of these terms can be very confusing. I'm referring to phobias and anxiety.The difference between a phobia and anticipatory anxiety is basically phobias are based on the Law of Association. They are irrational, uncontrollable reactions of fear brought upon by an object or situation. The client usually expresses strong emotional and physical responses. However, when asking the client when the phobia originated, the client won’t be able to pinpoint the exact event.
Phobias are buried in the subconscious, to an unknown primary cause, which is threatening at the time of suggestibility. Anticipatory anxiety on the other hand, is a normal healthy response, which heightens sensations by the flight/fight mechanism to a known event. In hypnotherapy, anticipatory anxiety should be explained to the client as a release of adrenaline.
In addition, if the hypnotherapist has a suspicion that a client may be hypoglycemic, we ask the client for a doctor’s referral. The doctor works in collaboration with the hypnotherapist in regards to treatment for this client. When hypoglycemia comes into question, the client’s eating habits has to be dealt to make therapy more effective for many reasons. Often times a client who has hyperglycemia will have anxieties and phobias as well as other conditions, such as depression.
People who have these conditions are often unpredictable in that their fears and phobias are irrational conditioning and often don’t have to make sense. We feel that once the client changes their diet and the blood sugar levels are stabilized and the symptoms dissipate there is a good chance of improvement, but as long as the client’s diet is off balance there will be no progress.
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